Top-seeded North Carolina survived an upset bid from unseeded Rutgers, 12-11, in overtime to advance the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament semifinals.
Connor McCarthy scored with 1:38 remaining in overtime after the Tar Heels (13-2) rallied late in regulation and earn a shot in Saturday’s semifinal round at East Hartford, Connecticut.
Rutgers forged a 10-8 lead with 8:52 remaining in regulation, but the Tar Heels scored two of the final three goals, including a tying score from faceoff specialist Zac Tucci with 3:54 left.
Lance Tillman scored four goals and Justin Anderson had a hat trick for North Carolina.
Adam Charalambides led Rutgers with four goals and Colin Kirst made 16 saves for the Scarlet Knights.
Virginia 14, Georgetown 5: The No. 4-seeded Cavaliers (12-4) used a 9-0 run in the first half to cruise past the No. 5-seeded Hoyas (13-3) in the NCAA quarterfinal round, 14-3, on Saturday afternoon at Hofstra’s James M. Shuart Stadium.
UVA advances to Championship Weekend for the second tournament in a row. The three goals allowed ties a UVA NCAA single-game best. The 1972 NCAA title team beat Army 10-3 in the quarterfinals to set the standard.
Virginia is 24-8 all-time in the NCAA quarterfinal round and the 11-goal win was UVA’s largest quarterfinal win since beating Johns Hopkins by 11 in 2009 (19-8).
Connor Shellenberger led UVA with six goals and one assist in the win. Shellenberger’s six goals tie a UVA NCAA single-game record for most goals. He matches Doug Knight’s 1995 game against Brown and Mikey Herring’s 2019 game against Robert Morris.
With the game tied, 1-1, early in the first quarter, the Cavalier offense went on attack to take a 10-1 lead into the intermission on a 9-0 run.
Salisbury 30, Illinois Wesleyan 5: The top-seeded Sea Gulls made quick work of their guests, scoring the first 16 goals and advancing the NCAA Division III semifinals.
Cross Ferrera paced Salisbury (16-1) with four goals and three assists, while Griffin Moroney, Isaac Thrasher, Josh Melton and Logan Posner (St. Paul’s) all recorded hat tricks. Pierre Armstrong provided five assists for the winners.
The Sea Gulls will face Christopher Newport in Sunday’s 2 p.m. semifinal at Salisbury for the right to advance to the national championship game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, on May 30.
Christopher Newport edged Lynchburg, 12-11, in overtime Saturday.
North Carolina 14, Stony Brook 11: Top-seeded North Carolina scored the final five goals of the game and came from behind to beat eighth-seeded Stony Brook in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal on Saturday at Dorrance Field. Five Tar Heels scored in the 5-0 run, as UNC overcame an 11-9 deficit in the final 7:34.
Stony Brook twice took two-goal leads in the second half, ripping off a 7-3 run coming out of the break. The Seawolves scored with 8:41 remaining to post an 11-9 lead before UNC went on its final run to take control.
Carolina advanced to next weekend’s NCAA semifinals, reaching the final four for the ninth time in the last 12 NCAA Tournaments (since 2009). The Tar Heels will meet either No. 4 seed Boston College or No. 5 seed Notre Dame on Friday at Towson University.
“First and foremost, congrats to Stony Brook on a great season, first and foremost,” UNC head coach Jenny Levy, a Roland Park graduate, said after the game. “It didn’t surprise me that it was close, because I anticipated that based on how their defense plays and what their offense does. I’m really proud of the way my upperclassmen stepped up for us.”
Jamie Ortega had game highs with four goals and seven points for UNC, posting her 63rd career multi-goal game. Ortega has 81 goals this season, tying the school single-season record she set as a sophomore in 2019.
Katie Hoeg pitched in a goal and five assists, while Tayler Warehime added a hat trick with three goals (including the eventual game-winner with 4:19 to play) and Caitlyn Wurzburger scored twice.
Melissa Sconone provided a change of pace offensively off the bench with a goal and an assist. Scottie Rose Growney also had a goal and an assist. Ally Mastroianni scored a key free position goal with 2:37 remaining, and Nicole Humphrey added a goal.
Taryn Ohlmiller tallied three goals and two assists for the Seawolves, who also got two goals apiece from Ally Kennedy, Bridget Considine and Ellie Masera.
Northwestern 22, Duke 10: The No. 2 Wildcats (15-0) fell behind 6-1, but answered by scoring 21 of the next 25 goals to over power the No. 7 Blue Devils (11-8).
Lauren Gilbert scored six times to pace Northwestern, while Leah Holmes added three goals and Erin Cokendall and Lindsey McKone each scored twice.
Olivia Carner led Duke with five goals and Abby Landry scored twice.
Syracuse 17, Florida 11: A career-high six goals from Emma Ward pushed No. 3 Syracuse (15-3) past No. 8 Florida (18-3) to advance the Orange to their eighth national semifinal in program history.
Ward’s six goals were one shy of tying the program-record for goals in a game by a freshman and tied with Alyssa Murray’s six-goal performance against Virginia in 2012 for the second-most goals by a Syracuse player in an NCAA tournament contest. Ward also contributed a team-best seven points, tying her career high that came against Albany. Emma Tyrrell (four goals, two assists) and Meaghan Tyrrell (three goals, three assists) followed closely behind with six points apiece.
Boston College 21, Notre Dame 10: The No. 4 Eagles (15-3) exploded for 15 goals in the second half to pull away from the No. 5 Irish.
Charlotte North had eight goals and an assist to lead Boston College and Jenn Medjid scored five times and added an assist.
Kasey Choma had a hat trick to lead Notre Dame (11-7).